Agape came about after reflecting on the changes that the act of sharing a meal with our loved ones has experimented in the last decades. Sitting together around the table brings us together, making us feel part of the whole. Nowadays, though some of the objects and utensils we use are not in line with our present lifestyle. They are stuck in the past.
After having sessions with different users, we worked on the evolution of the table setting objects to satisfy the needs of the modern diner.
Since there already exist a myriad of tableware collections and pieces in the market, we decided to go on a different route by offering a strong value proposition: pieces that complement an existing tableware set instead of replacing it. Our challenge was to allow each person the opportunity to showcase their dishes differently in a fun and helpful way. The resulting product captivates them by the originality of the pieces, and because they feel they can be creative when setting their table.
Agape reinterprets the classical tableware with pieces that adapt to small spaces and to the assorted food we serve nowadays. 2 main pieces, and 7 fit all-in-one: a pitcher, a circular tray, a handle/tray, a salad/soup serving bowl, 3 different size bowls, a platter and an oven tray. It is unique allowing for a variety of combinations. Multifunctional pieces that work well by themselves or in combination with others. Or, pieces that have different purposes depending on which side they are used.
Two main pieces, and 7 fit all-in-one tableware pieces that facilitate their storage, both at the store and at home. Pile them up, or combine them at the table. All the angles were designed so they fit perfectly together.
For example, highlight that special dish by putting the marble tray on the upside-down marble bowl to make a pedestal. Or, turn the big salad bowl into a hot soup serving bowl by incorporating the Saturn's ring-shaped tray.
Our research focused on the food-sharing habits of a very specific target user: people comfortable "in between" traditional «savoir-faire» and a technological fast world. We interviewed target users; asked them what kind of food they eat; with whom; what makes a perfect dinner for them; always keeping in mind their lifestyle, living spaces, and surroundings. We also tested with row prototypes, to later design elements that complement their tableware, move them, and make them dare to share.